The Nigeria’s President, Alhaji Mohammadu Buhari has given reasons for Federal Government’s decision to link Lagos-Kano Rail Line with Matadi in Niger Republic.
President Muhammadu Buhari who was commissioning Lagos-Ogun-Oyo Railway Transportation System, explained that the Lagos end of the Rail line from Apapa Wharf, would help evacuate goods belonging to Nigeria’s landlocked neighbouring countries, from Apapa and discharge them to the Francophone landlocked countries at a cost.
Buhari further explained that it was his administration intention to complete all railway projects that would transform the nation’s economy and living standard of our people, whole at the same time, help our neighbours at a profit to Nigeria.
Buhari disclosed that tne Oyo-Benin-Calabar Rail line was on course adding that people were already enjoying Itakpe Warri Railway.
He commended the Minister of Transport Rotimi Amaechi, for hard work and commitment.
Many Ogun State prominent leaders present at the occasion included, Governor Dapi Abiodun, former Governor Ibikunle Amosun and Professor Wole Soyinka, after who the Abeokuta Railway (Laderin) Station was named.
The Alake and Paramount Ruler of Egbaland Oba Adedotun Gbadebo, and his Lagos counterpart, the Olowo-Eko, Oba Rilwan Akinolu, led entourages of Egba and Lagos-White-cap Chiefs to the commissioning.
The Lagos Ogun Oyo commissioned on Thursday 10 June 2021, traversed about 20% of Lagos, 70% of Egbaland in Ogun and 10% of Ibadan in Oyo States.
The Alake, Oba Adedotun Gbadebo, Okukenu IV’s entourage of Egba Chiefs, to the occasion comprised the Seriki, Chief Tosin Fadare, the Baagbimo, Chief Akanni Akinwale and the Aare Baaroyin, Layi Labode.